Bear Crawl


• Open indoor space, or dry outdoor space with grass.
• Rope, ribbon, or any line on the ground.


  1. Talk with your preschool child about bears. How do bears move?
  2. Show your child how to crawl like a bear. Knees do not touch the ground.
  3. Stretch out a rope or ribbon on the grass, or find a line marked on the floor.
  4. Crawl along the rope, ribbon or line like a tightrope in the circus. Feet and hands must stay on the rope, ribbon or line.


• If there are several children present, try having a bear crawl race. Mark a starting line and a finish line 10 metres away.


This activity develops coordination, balance, and strength as kids try to imitate the movements of a bear.


  • Skill: Balance
  • 10 minutes
  • Suggested age 3-8 years